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day and night | halfdan

bc i think a lot about what happened when harald and wounded halfdan left france before the timeskip

The light had fled and the candles flickered down to almost nothing by the time you finally moved. Your arm was asleep, screaming as you slowly rolled it down from where it’d been supporting your head, and used it to help you move up and away from the table. Aching legs took slow steps closer to the doorway framed by guards.

The healer gave only a subtle nod as they passed you, his apprentice trailing after with a bundle of blood sodden cloth that turned your stomach. You swallowed it down, turning your head to your maid as she hurried over.

“What did they say?” you had to clear your throat and swallow again as your voice cracked and groaned over the words “tell me what they said”

She lightly took a wrist, thumb rolling over the bruised lines at the back of it, the ink still settling into your skin. It was meant to have healed by the time he got home. How long it had taken to accept this was your home. The thought had finally creeped in deep enough to your chest, the idea taking root in your very breath, and you’d made a hurried decision to mark the design you now bore into your flesh before it could leave you again. Before you fell adrift once more. It was meant to have healed by the time he got home.

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why does everyone hate nancy!!!!! Miss wheeler QUEEN deserves the whole ass world!!!! I’m sorry but she risked her life several times for her best friend, she’s a fucking bad bitch who doesn’t care about gender roles, she just wants to protect the people she loves!!!!!!! sure how it ended between her and steve wasn’t great but guess what he realized she’s her own person and you should too !!!!!!!

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The cabinet updated, also Happy new years to all!

Topshelf - Both minitubes by Trust Glass

Next shelf - Ben Jordan Glass and Jebb Glass.

Next shelf - Billygoat Glass and Kevin Murray.

Bottom shelf - Misc dabbers by sherbet, Kayla James, chaka. 2 spoons done by Liberty glass. One sherlock from Peter Muller and another from Midknight glass.

People I met today:

- Little boy who said he liked math and science, but not as much as he liked Spider-Man. He couldn’t read, so he had me read a Spider-Man book to him. He did not manage to guess what Peter Parker’s secret was. He had the coolest hat of anybody in the library.

- Girl who shook her head “no” when asked if she paid as much attention in school as she did to our story time. She blew through a step-2 Moana book in a couple minutes, then read a step-3 nonfiction book about the differences between cats and dogs. When I asked if she wanted to play games, she asked if we could keep reading instead. (We kept reading.) She wanted me to know that she used to have a dog, but it got shot in the leg. She said “thank you” every time I helped her with a word. I didn’t have to help her very much.

- Very small girl who did not know what the first letter of her name was. (I wrote her name in her book for her, but I had to guess at the spelling.) She knew one letter, and the letter was “B”, which she recognized on the front of the Barbie Dream House in the book we read. She repeated everything I read under her breath, a half-second after me. She liked Spider-Man, too. (The Spider-Man book informed us that everyone likes Spider-Man. Presumably it takes place in an AU where the Daily Bugle isn’t constantly running hit pieces on him.) She asked me to read her Barbie book to her again after we finished it, then hugged me before she left.

- Third-grade boy who picked out the same TMNT book as the kid from yesterday, except this kid could actually read it. He ended up taking an easier TMNT book home, though, because 1) his brother already had the harder book, and 2) the easier book came with stickers. These are both very sensible reasons, IMO. I would also add that the easier book had robot sharks in space, while the harder book had robots that were neither sharks nor in space.

- Extremely small boy who was very insistent about picking up his own mess. He occasionally said that I could help him move a few game pieces off the floor and back into the box, but he would object if I helped too much. He also wanted specific pieces in specific places and would move them if I put them in the wrong spot, even though the pieces appeared to be identical.

- Older boy who didn’t really need help reading his chapter book. I did get to explain to him what jousting was, though. I beat him at Connect Four. I actually beat several kids at Connect Four. I had no idea that I was decent at Connect Four. I considered letting them win, but they weren’t little kids, and I didn’t want to insult their Connect Four skills.

- Very small child who stood up during story time and tried to offer dandelions to the illustrations of the three billygoats gruff. He later found a cool stick and immediately ran off to show his mom.

Things I learned:

- I will never be as cool as Spider-Man. This is OK. We all have a day in our lives where we make peace with the fact that we will never be as cool as five-year-olds think Spider-Man is. It’s a necessary stage in our development as people.

- It’s basically impossible to help more than one kid at a time if the kids are all reading different books. (This is true even if they have multiple copies of the same book—one of the kids will read ahead instead of following along, and then chaos ensues shortly thereafter.) I think next time I’m going to have to insist that we read the books one by one, as a group, because otherwise some kids get ignored or distracted, meaning 1) the ignored kids get sad, and 2) everything inevitably spirals out of control. It’s even harder if you end up with a group where the kids are at very different reading levels, so I’m going to try to minimize that in the future.

- People who write and illustrate early reader books about cartoon and movie characters are heroes. Even (or especially) if kids don’t like reading, they like the pictures of their favorite heroes from TV, which gives you at least a small opportunity to interest them in the story and help them practice literacy skills.

- You need to be really frickin’ loud if you want to read a story to kids who are either 1) eating lunch, or 2) outside. It’s a good thing I already know the story of the three billygoats gruff, because I definitely couldn’t hear our story team at some of our locations. I’ll have to make sure to project a lot when it’s my turn to present a book.

- In related news, my hearing is impressively terrible, and small children are either super loud or very, very quiet. But no matter how quiet they are, it’s very important to try to repeat their names, then let them correct you if you get them wrong, rather than pretending you heard them fine the first time and hoping it doesn’t come up again. This is partly because it’s a good way to establish respect for them, and partly because “[name], we need to be quiet and listen now” is way more effective than going “hey. hey. hey. hey” until they happen to realize that you’re talking to them.

- Mermaid Island looks like a really boring and terrible game, but it’s actually a great game for very small children, who are still struggling with concepts like “not touching the spinner until it stops” and “counting to two”. Very small children are very smart, but they were also born, like, five weeks ago. They have no idea what anything is. It’s important to account for this when trying to entertain them.

- Apples to Apples is a fantastic game for any group old enough to read, but it becomes super tense if you play it outside while there are strong winds. Not that you should necessarily let that stop you, but you should be prepared for it to transform into an activity that is 50% card game and 50% extreme sport.

- Connect Four is a terrible game for a group of three children. In hindsight, this discovery should have been obvious.

- My city is ridiculously segregated. Roughly half my college classes are 100% white or white-passing (the other half typically have one or two students who are visibly not white), and I can think of maybe one black family in my neighborhood, but every site we’ve been to so far has been majority (or entirely) black. Obviously I knew we had majority-black neighborhoods (my brother lives in one), but I hadn’t realized how stark the divisions were. It’s fairly creepy, compared to the diversity of the school and neighborhood where I grew up. (I’m still homesick. I can’t wait to graduate so I can move back.)

The summer reading program seems kind of pathetically inadequate, given the needs of the kids who participate in it, but I’m glad it exists anyway. Giving out free books and reading lessons is only a tiny piece of what you need to do to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, but eh. A boy learned the word “joust” today. A girl recognized the letter “B”. Some kids got to eat free lunches. Something was accomplished, however small it might have been. More will be accomplished tomorrow. I will probably suck less at my job.

It’s a really, really good job.

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i think/hope/think/hope i got everyone who sent me one, if you already sent one and you are not here please let me know (not take any new submissions though, thank you!) it’s been super sweet hearing your lovely comments and seeing your ultra cute faces. now what shall i do with all these… shall i make a zine? ;)

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